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Founded in 2005, the West Coast League (formerly the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League) is a Summer Collegiate Baseball league based in the Pacific Northwest. Comprised of the some of the top college players from across the United States and Canada, the West Coast Baseball League includes teams in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Sanctioned by Major League Baseball and the NCAA, the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League is dedicated to providing increased competition for players entering the MLB Amateur Draft. WCL players come predominantly from the Pac-10, Big West, WCC and WAC conferences. Players live with host families in the same manner as A and Independent League players, and are NCAA eligible and are unpaid in order to maintain their eligibility.

Each team is operated in a similar manner to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips and playing nightly before fans in a stadium.

The WCL recently added Longview/Kelso, Washington for the 2010 season. Klamath Falls, Oregon will join the league as early as 2010. The league looks to add additional markets in the Pacific Northwest, as well as Canada, Idaho and California.

The WCL quickly established itself as an elite proving ground for the top aspiring players. After only two complete seasons, 27 West Coast Collegiate Baseball League alumni were selected in the 2007 amateur draft. After only four complete seasons, more than 100 West Coast League alumni were in professional baseball, including a number in the Major Leagues.

[edit] Current WCL Teams

West Coast League Teams
West Division
Team Location Stadium
Corvallis Knights Corvallis, OR Goss Stadium at Coleman Field
Kitsap BlueJackets Bremerton, WA Kitsap Fairgrounds
Bend Elks Bend, OR Vince Genna Stadium
Bellingham Bells Bellingham, WA Joe Martin Field
East Division
Moses Lake Pirates Moses Lake, WA Larson Field
Spokane RiverHawks Spokane, WA Washington Trust Field
Kelowna Falcons Kelowna, BC Elks Stadium
Wenatchee AppleSox Wenatchee, WA Paul Thomas Field
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